News: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s #Blistory

Victoria and Albert Museum - 16th Feb to 24th May

This week saw the opening of the Staying Power Exhibition at the V&A showcasing a variety of photographic responses to black British experience from the1950s to the 1990s. 

Inspired by Peter Fyrer’s seminal text
Staying Power, The History of Black People in Britain, this exhibition focuses on a period of time when photography served as an archival tool to capture historical moments. From documentary to portraiture to staged allegorical photographs, Staying Power documents experiences from post-World War II through to the 1990s, covering topics from mass migration to hip hop fashions of south London.

Over the last seven years the V&A has been working with Black Cultural Archives to acquire photographs either by black photographers or which document the lives of black people in Britain. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Museum has been able to collect 118 works by 17 artists. To complement the photographs, Black Cultural Archives have collected oral histories from a range of subjects including the photographers themselves, their relatives, and the people depicted in the images.

This exhibition runs concurrently with the Staying Power Exhibition at The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton.

The Displays

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s will be shown at the V&A in gallery 38A 16 February – 24 May 2015 (Free Admission)

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s an exhibition of around 25 photographs, will be shown at Black Cultural Archives 15 January – 30 June 2015 (Free Admission)


News: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s #Blistory